Score one-year supply of Tsuta Ramen on December 16, 2017

Ramen lovers, this is not a drill! Tsuta, the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen restaurant, is finally opening in Manila and it’s giving away prizes to the first 100 in line! Be among the elite 100 who get to try the award-winning ramen in Bonifacio High Street on December 16, and reap rewards your ramen-loving heart will thank you for.

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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Molito, Alabang

Southerners can now have their sweet cravings satisfied as Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory opened its second cafe in Molito Alabang. What perfect timing because you can now give premium chocolates as gifts from the world-renowned chocolatier.

rocky mountain chocolate factory in alabang

Hand-dipped caramel apples!

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Light up your Christmas with Healthy Options

Christmas is a season of giving. To see a person’s face light up when they open my gift is priceless. It’s not about giving expensive gifts, it’s about giving well-thought-of gifts to your family and friends. This Christmas 2017, Healthy Options, the Philippines’ first and only retail store exclusively specializing in all-natural and organic products, brings to its healthy holiday shoppers a Christmas experience full of light.

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Go Hotels Opens New Branches in Metro Manila

Go Hotels, the first Filipino home-grown value essential service hotel chain in the country, has opened four more branches to cater to smart travelers in search for affordable yet comfortable accommodations.

The four new branches are located in Cubao-Quezon City, Ermita-Manila, Manila Airport Road in Paranaque, and North Edsa-Quezon City which are all strategically-located near prime destinations and with easy access for guests.

“Metro Manila has an energetic spirit; it’s home to some of the country’s business districts and important landmarks,” said Go Hotels general manager Elizabeth D. Gregorio. “We plan to open more branches in the metro with the emergence and increasing number of smart travellers—local and international.”

Cubao: The Precinct of Manila’s Underground Scene

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Cubao is an urbanite’s delight. Who is not familiar with the famed Araneta Center? Its streets are packed with entertainment of different sorts—shopping, nightlife, flea markets, food hubs—all catering to various tastes and demands of urbanites. At the heart of Cubao sits Araneta Coliseum or the Big Dome, the countries and one of Asia’s most historic indoor arenas  where people witness once-in-a-lifetime events from top local and international acts.

Experience the vibrant spirit of Manila’s underground scene in Cubao Expo, where the city’s well-kept secrets like cool bars, unique vinyl stores, quality thrift shops and cheap eats thrive. If you want to buy items for your vintage collection or maybe just browse through the treasures of the past, head to Vinyl Dump Thrift Store where racks upon racks of records await Vinyl enthusiasts.

After a long day of exploring this vibrant place, stay at the newly-opened Go Hotels along Aurora Boulevard.  Whether you’re here for business or leisure, Go Hotels’ Windsor beds are comfortable enough to relax you.  Maximize your staycation while watching your favorite show at their 32-inch LCD TV.

The Energetic City of Manila

Go Hotels Ermita branch

More than just a bustling city, Manila is the country’s beating heart for a reason. Every street you will pass by has an interesting and important backstory—most of them you can discover beyond reading in history books. At the heart of the city stands Rizal Park, a monumental tribute to our national hero, and it’s just a few walks away from the historic walled city of Intramuros, the centerpiece of Manila’s Spanish heritage.

Manila is also an arts and culture paradise: you’ll find museums that houses precious gems of the past and art galleries with reflective masterpieces that will fill your soul. Get cultured at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, where you can witness Manila’s top performing arts or visit modern art galleries that feature the works of some of the country’s finest artists. Don’t forget to include some of the best art hubs in your itinerary like the National Museum of the Philippines, The Metropolitan Museum of Manila (the MET), and 1335 Mabini.

Perhaps one of the best takeaways in this city is its flourishing nightlife. Catch an awesome roster of live bands and music in the streets of Malate, where neon signs sparkle at night. And if you plan to have an overnight stay, fret not! Have a good rest at the new Go Hotels branch located at 1412 A. Mabini Street, a stones-throw away from Robinson’s Place Manila and a few minutes away from the city’s most important landmarks. For those who like to come and go, Go Hotels Ermita-Manila is safe and secure.  The guest rooms have an in-room safe and luggage storage for your belongings, plus, the entire premises are equipped with 24-hour CCTV security.

The Intersection That Is Manila Airport Road

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Ninoy Aquino International Airport is Manila’s prime gateway to the World. The busiest airport in the country services an average of about 30 million local and international passengers a year.

Keep yourself entertained before, in between Or after your flight.  Go Hotels Manila Airport Road is just near Manila’s growing lifestyle entertainment and gaming hub.

Entertainment City, also known as E-City (formerly PAGCOR City and Manila Bay Tourism City), is now the prime a gaming and entertainment complex under development by PAGCOR is teeming with casinos that will challenge your luck.  You can spend a few hours at the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum inside the Villamor Air Base and marvel at the aerospace science exhibits and learn more about the military aviation history. Play a good round of Golf at the Villamor Golf Club.

On-the-go travellers can find their temporary haven in Go Hotels Manila Airport Road. It features quality amenities like the Super Shower to wash off your fatigue and a shuttle service to and from the airports for your additional needs. It’s located at 608 Quirino Ave, Parañaque City.

North EDSA: Shopper’s Paradise

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If there’s one thing to say about North Avenue in Quezon City, it’s this: you won’t leave empty-handed. Prime malls like SM North EDSA, Trinoma and Ayala Malls Vertis North stand tall inside this commercial area, and they’re gleaming with items that meet people’s different shopping needs. Sale items are everywhere, so be sure to keep your wallet full or try hard to control yourself.

The district is also an institutional destination. Government offices, hospitals and schools are within its vicinity like the Quezon City Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman and Quezon City General Hospital. If you’re in need of a city break, look no further than the Quezon City Memorial Circle, a lush of greenery where you can de-stress in the middle of the hustles. A number of attractions sits inside, including amusement park called Pedal and Paddle is a perfect escape for families and friends—you should try their exciting amenities such as 4D ride, Skybike, Boat Station… there’s even a fish spa!

A day’s worth of activities is definitely tiring, so why not check-in at an affordable hotel at the end of the day? One footbridge away from SM City North Edsa is the newly-opened Go Hotels, ideally situated along EDSA. Go Hotels North EDSA also near LRT Roosevelt station and bus terminals, so it’s easily accessible. The hotel’s vibe is also fun and energetic, you’ll want to extend your stay.

Apart from these new branches, Go Hotels has three other branches in Metro Manila Mandaluyong, Ortigas Center and Otis-Manila. Rising soon is Go Hotels Timog-Quezon City. With Go Hotels, there is no excuse to delay or put off your travel plans. Book directly at www.gohotels.ph to get the best available rate for your next adventure!

Unlock a world of possibilities with RCBC Savings Bank MyDebit Mastercard

Skip the long lines at ATM and just use your RCBC Savings Bank MyDebit Mastercard for your groceries, shopping, dining, and more. With the holiday season just around the corner, this spells stressful times for us rushing to complete our shopping list for family, friends, officemates, co-workers, inaanaks and love ones.

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Ballet Manila presents Snow White

Due to the success of “Cinderella,” another masterpiece from the Prima Ballerina will have its world premiere in the 22nd performance season, “Flights of Fantasy.” Snow White will make its world premiere on November 25, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Aliw Theater.

Ballet Manila’s take on the fairy tale classic, Snow White, will be more Brothers Grimm than Disney when it comes to the production’s look and feel. This was a conscious decision made by Lisa herself, as she wanted the storytelling to be the main star of the show. They are “storytellers on toes,” after all.

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Best Christmas Holiday Destinations in 2017

Well, it’s that time of the year approaching again and well, you need to get ready with some new destinations this time around rather than laze around your home sitting by the fireplace. So how about going to the best Carribean island this winter or indulging yourself to the liveliest town on New Year’s Eve? Whatever your preferences may be, we have compiled a list of the best destinations to go enjoy your Christmas at:

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Giulia by Casa Italia: Home-cooked food to a whole new level

Home-cooked food brings comfort to everyone. No matter how many international cuisines you’ve tried, you’ll still long for that familiar taste, the taste of home. At Giulia, they bring home-cooked food to a whole new level.

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I met the Cake Boss Buddy Valastro at the TLC Masterclass!

What a way to end my birthday week! I decorated my own cupcakes during the Cake Boss Masterclass and even met the master baker, Buddy Valastro! He is so accommodating, and sweet just like his cakes!

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Tim Hortons launches Holiday Menu and #WarmWishes campaign

Tim Hortons, Canada’s iconic café and bake shop, is spending it’s first Christmas here in the Philippines. That’s why on November 6, 2017, Tim Hortons will release its Holiday Menu and Merchandise collection. Guests will enjoy a wide array of delectable Christmas treats that includes the Merry Berry Choco Chill, Merry Berry Hot Chocolate, Rudolph Red Velvet Latte, and the Christmas Log Donut. In December, guests are in for more treats as the Christmas Menu will further expand to include delicious baked goods that Tim Hortons has always been known for.

The #KumareBloggers were present during the launch.

Chocolate lovers will find pleasure in the Merry Berry Choco Chill, a blended frozen hot chocolate drink with strawberry flavor, topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate flakes.

Merry Berry Choco Chill

Merry Berry Choco Chill

Those who look for the classics will love the Merry Berry Hot Chocolate, a bittersweet hot chocolate drink with whipped cream topping and strawberry sauce.

Merry Berry Hot Chocolate

Merry Berry Hot Chocolate

Coffee enthusiasts will go for the Rudolph Red Velvet Latte, a bittersweet blend of espresso and red velvet with hints of chocolate and cocoa topped with red velvet powder.

Rudolph Red Velvet Latte

Rudolph Red Velvet Latte

Not to be forgotten is the Christmas Log Donut, dipped in chocolate with dark chocolate flakes, drizzled with strawberry filling and topped with a fusion of biscuit balls, caramel, and chocolate.

Christmas Log Donut

Christmas Log Donut

Aside from the holiday menu, they also launched the #WarmWishes campaign where guests are encouraged to visit participating Tim Hortons restaurants to drop a wish in the Cup of Cheer for someone deserving this Christmas season. Whether it is a person, community or local charity, Tim Hortons will spread as much warmth and joy by fulfilling these wishes.

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Visit Tim Hortons and spread warmth and cheer this holidays. Now brewing in six restaurants located in four cities (Taguig City, Manila, Quezon City, Makati City), the brand continues to expand and is set to open more restaurants this Christmas.